Covid19 and social inequality (part 2)

Data on socio-economic status of patients and deaths with COVID-19 are not systematically collected and are still very rare. Evidence of a higher risk of dying from COVID-19 for individuals of low social classes is however slowly popping up. In a previous post I argued that there are strong reasons to expect that COVID-19 mortality rates are higher among individuals of … Read more

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon and compensatory advantage

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon (also kwon as the frequency bias) is the phenomenon where something you recently learned or paid attention to suddenly appears ‘everywhere’.  In my case patterns of compensatory advantage (CA) tend to crop up not ‘everywhere’ but still quite often, also while I am not directly working on CA The key insight of the notion … Read more

Pandemics and economic inequality

In his book on the global history of inequality Walter Scheidel argues that there are four forces that have effectively managed to decrease economic inequality over history. The four “horsemen of leveling” (as Scheidel label them) are mass-mobilization warfare, revolutions, state collapse and pandemics. It is the latter one that is sadly of renewed interest in the … Read more